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Last updated on Friday, August 3, 2012
(BLOOMINGTON) - More I-69 construction is set to begin in Monroe and Greene counties as the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has awarded a $90 million contract to Gohmann Asphalt & Construction of Clarksville.
Gohmann was selected from 10 contractors vying to build 6.5 miles of new interstate between Harmony Road in Monroe County and Carmichael Road in Greene County and includes the Greene/Monroe County Line Interchange.
The 142-mile I-69 corridor between Evansville and Indianapolis was divided into six independent sections with the December 2003 Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Study and was approved by the Federal Highway Administration in March 2004. In May of 2010 Governor Daniels announced that funding for Section 4 of the Corridor had been secured and design and construction schedules had been accelerated. Scheduled to open to traffic by the end of 2014, Section 4 connects U.S. 231 near the Crane Naval Warfare Center with the existing four-lane State Road 37 south of Bloomington.
"By the end of this year we will have completed 67 miles of new interstate highway. An additional 27 miles will have begun construction this year," said INDOT Deputy Commissioner of Major Programs, Samuel Sarvis. "It is exciting to know residents of southwest Indiana are only a few short years from having a quality four-lane, divided Interstate from Evansville to Bloomington."
INDOT is required to allow all qualified companies to bid on all contracts, without consideration to their geographical location. Federal guidelines prohibit geographic discrimination when awarding projects developed with federal funds.
I-69 is part of Governor Mitch Daniels' Major Moves highway program, capitalizing on Indiana's strategic location as the Crossroads of America by improving and expanding road infrastructure in support of a stronger economy and greater mobility.
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